In the ODI series between India and Australia, Glenn Maxwell and David Warner have been guarding Indian bowlers several times by switch-hits.
The switch involves effectively switching from a right-hander to a left-hander before delivering the ball to the bowler in order to execute the hit.
“Australian batting is phenomenal. They make it look so easy … Smith and Maxwell, it’s hard to believe some of the shots they play. (Switch-hitting) is amazingly skillful – but it’s not fair,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
Maxwell hit a couple of (switch-hit) shots and Warner did (Sunday) night. All you have to say is if the batsman changes the order of his hands or feet (as the bowler runs in), then it’s an illegal shot, “he said.
Chappell said that if a batsman intends to play a switch-hit as a bowler, it is correct but otherwise it is “unfair and annoying”.
“If the batsman wants to play right-hand and switch-hit (before the bowler runs), any bowler worth his salt will say, ‘Go for your life, mate, I’ll take my chances.’
“If they are good enough to do it with the best footprint or whatever they can devise, I have no problem with this. But when it’s unfair, it annoys the hell out of me,” he said.
Glenn Maxwell (Getty Images)
Australia said it was unfair to tell the bowler how to bowl as the batsman could easily “take the hand” and take advantage of the field without any notification.
“On one side of the game, the bowlers, they have to tell the umpire how they are going to bowl. And yet the batsman, he is the right-hander – I am the fielding captain, I am putting the ground for the right-handers – and before delivering the ball, the batsman becomes the left-hander.
“One of the main reasons he is a left-hander is that he can take advantage of those field positions. I love the administrators who made those laws, and I would love to explain to them how fair it is,” he added.
The 77-year-old bowler expressed his frustration that he had not spoken against the practice.
“I can’t believe the players won’t argue about it. If I’m the captain, I’m going to take the ball myself and I’m going to tell the right-arm umpire (wicket), and then I’m going to run away.
“Obviously the umpire is going to complain and I’m going to say, ‘Well, stop doing what you (batsman) think is totally unfair and stop doing what I think is unjust. If the managers are smart enough to change, then my attitude is,’ Well, I’ll take the law into my own hands. ‘ .